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Max Verstappen: The Inside Track on a Formula One Star

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The final few chapters chart his promotion to the main Red Bull team with his famous maiden victory at Barcelona, bromance with Danny Ric, occasional opportunistic wins, 2020 and the epic 2021 battle with Lewis. The author goes off into long tangents about other stories (Damon Hill and Jaques Villeneuve’s careers for one) just to highlight a minor point in Verstappens career. The added value comes from Mark's extensive knowledge and his unrivalled capacity to analyse F1 racing and its drivers. There were still a number of back-markers who, by coincidence, had been caught between Hamilton and Verstappen in the safety car queue.

His engineer Gianpiero Lambiase calmly talked him through the engine modes required for the final lap. The writing was average at best and for a piece of nonfiction work, held a lot of assumptions and narrative that I was not necessarily expecting. While Wolff tends to sit at a monitor in the garage, Horner prefers to be up on the pit wall with Adrian Newey, whose xtechnical brilliance has been at the heart of so much success at Red Bull, sitting on his left. Already the youngest competitor in F1 history, he made history as the first Dutch driver to win the World Championship in 2021. One example is when they started talking about the history of zandvoort in more depth then the last few years of max's career!Wherever possible, I will include appropriate acknowledgement of the original authors, photographers and publishers. It wasn’t like it is today where they really help the other driver who is struggling but at that time they didn’t care.

Between them, they rather succinctly sum up how he was viewed by the racing community, as a strong, dominant character with a boot full of talent but an unfortunate habit of ending races in the wall. He was going from 175 brake horsepower to 750, more than four times as much power under his right foot, as well as having to deal with a semi-automatic gearbox, traction control and carbon brakes. The official Max Verstappen Formula 1 yearbook 2022 (limited edition) is a stunning photographic overview of the entire world championship with race reports, results and reactions from Max of all Grands Prix in 2022, the year in which Verstappen won his second Formula 1 world title. When Max made his debut in F1 in Australia, the race was too early in the morning back in the Netherlands to run any sort of event but his second event in Malaysia would start at 9am, a reasonable hour for Frans to get a licence to start dishing out ice cream breakfasts.

The pair did have a child together; Kelly gave birth to a daughter, Blue Jaye, a half-sister to Max seventeen years his junior, whom he happily welcomed into the family just as he had his little sister Victoria when she came along a good few years before. Transfer to Red Bull: Max was elevated to the ‘senior’ team for the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix — and almost miraculously became F1’s youngest ever winner first time out. He was 10desperate to get back into an F1 car as soon as possible, with his reputation for raw speed ensuring his name was never far from the newspapers and magazines when someone was struggling.

It's not a sycophantic hagiography of Max, but a scrupulously impartial assessment of Max as a driver.

Frans had been at parties like this before, but never with a Verstappen on the top step of the podium.

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